School Board Approves 2019-20 Audit, COVID Updates Provided

WAYNE – From the Wayne Community Schools audit to property and casualty insurance, board members with Wayne Community Schools held their regularly scheduled meeting earlier in the week along with providing an update on COVID-19 at the school.

From the Jr/Sr High School conference room, the board first heard more information about the 2019-20 audit. Lori Olson, auditor from Dana Cole, presented to the board through zoom.

The audit is due in early November as the school board received the audit on Monday November 9. Superintendent, Dr. Mark Lenihan said overall the audit went very well.

“Mainly what the auditors are looking for is how do we manage our funds,” said Dr. Lenihan. “Are there any things that we could do differently or better to improve that and then just give some numbers and some information on our financial situation.”

Thanks also goes out to the business office led by Rochelle Nelson and Diane Peters. The audit showed there were no management deficiencies and the budget is in good standing.

Cap Peterson then brought forward more information to the board about property and casualty insurance. The board approved the quote of $107,554 for the total package.

Each month, Dr. Lenihan provides a COVID-19 update to the board talking about the status of the school.

Dr. Lenihan added they’re 100% committed in keeping school open and continue face-to-face instruction.

“We feel that’s the best place for kids,” Dr. Lenihan added. “It’s I think the safest place for kids. We are doing things that I think are keeping it safe. Wearing masks, doing a lot of cleaning and trying to keep things safe and make good decision.”

For the remainder of the semester, Wayne Community Schools will dismiss at 2 p.m. each Friday (11/13; 11/20; 12/4; 12/11 and 12/18) with a full day of school on Wednesday, December 2 (originally a late start). After-school activities wouldn’t start until 3:45 p.m. as busses will run at 2 p.m.

The purpose is to allow teachers time to work on additional planning and maintenance work on additional cleaning.

“But also, when students are in quarantine, they’re coming back after missing school for 10-14 days,” Dr. Lenihan mentioned. “They might have a lab they have to make up, maybe a math test or a project and the teachers need that time to work with the kids on those labs.”

As of this past week, between students and staff 7 – 9% out of 1,100 people are home due to quarantine or isolation.

The next regularly scheduled Wayne Community Schools Board of Education meeting will be on Monday, December 14.